Michael Cohen Subpoenaed to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee
President Trump's former lawyer summoned after postponing another congressional testimony
Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday after President Trump's former attorney postponed scheduled testimony before another congressional committee on Wednesday.
Cohen’s lawyer and communications adviser Lanny Davis confirmed in a statement that the committee, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., issued Cohen with a subpoena on Thursday morning.
The committee’s decision to subpoena Cohen follows a Wednesday announcement from Davis that a February 7 public hearing before the House Oversight Committee would be postponed due to alleged "threats" from Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen’s continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” Davis said Wednesday.
He added; “This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.”
Davis, who said Cohen “looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time,” claimed Trump and former New York Mayor Giuliani had threatened Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison.
According to Fox News, Burr and Warner declined to comment on the subpoena and provided no additional details as to when Cohen could appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify.
Cohen does not have to report to prison until March 6.
Cohen previously testified in private before the same committee in August 2017.
In November, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress during that deposition.
Cohen lied about the timeline of a Trump real estate project in Moscow, claiming that his communications with Russia on the deal ended in January 2016—prior to the Iowa caucuses.
In his guilty plea, he acknowledged that he had communications with Russian official about a potential Trump Tower project in Moscow up until June 2016—when Trump had already secured the GOP nomination for president.
Cohen hired Davis in July to represent him in the federal criminal investigation into his personal business dealings and involvement in arranging hush-money payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for their silence about alleged sexual encounters with Trump.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other violations, brought as part of a grand jury probe in the Southern District of New York.
Prosecutors and Cohen himself said he orchestrated payments of more than $130,000 to McDougal and Daniels at Trump’s direction.